“So here’s the thing…

First week

Filed under: Uncategorized — September 25, 2007 @ 6:09 am

I worked M,W & F this week, and I have another gig lined up this wednesday. Monday I was at Eastland Junior HS (the one I had the great experience w/ … in regard to the staff, anyway.) I’ve decided that 13 year-olds might very possibly be the worse age to sub for. Seriously! 5th and 6th hours….man! I wanted to choke a few kids. The teacher had “prep time” for 1st & 2nd hours and then classes 4th - 7th. So the nice thing about squeezing in 7 class periods into a 7 hour day, including lunch time, is that the kids weren’t w/ me for an entire hour. As I said in my last post, it’s nice to be able to count down the seconds till the kids leave your sight!! In their defense, though, 4th hour wasn’t terrible, just loud w/ chatter. And 7th period was 9th graders which are annoying on a completely different level.

Tuesday I was a “floater” at the H.S. which means I showed up and did whatever job they asked me to do. When I got there, there were SEVEN other subs that had been called - by accident - and the staff told us they’d pay us for 1/2 a day even if we decided to leave, but that they’d try to find something for us to do. One of the subs decided to fill a spot needed at one of the elementary schools (which I actually considered volunteering for after Monday’s stress,  but am now glad that I didn’t.) Another girl, who works as a bank teller normally (??), was on vacation for 2 weeks and got called for sub duty but decided she’d leave and head up north to see her folks because she didn’t really need the money anyway.  So that left 6 of us to place. By the time we actually got our assignments it was heading into 2nd hour, so we grabbed our lists and ran off in different directions. Two of the subs had duties like working the visitors desk or hall monitoring or running errands for the counselors’ offices. I, on the other hand, headed up stairs to a Geometry class. Ended up that there weren’t really any “absent” teachers, just teachers heading for the library to get some extra stuff done. They were sooo excited to see us! Apparently they don’t get much extra “in-school” time for anything except subject prep. One of the teachers was in charge of the homecoming commitee and had been doing all the leg work at home on her own time. The really nice part for us subs was that the teacher met us in the class, took their own attendance, told the class the assignment, and then just left us to babysit.

Third hour I was a hall monitor. Basically you just ask kids to show you their passes. The nice part about being w/ 15 - 18 yr olds is that they have lives and don’t feel that tormenting their sub is the highest point of their day (like 12 - 14 yr olds). I just walked around and kids pretty much flashed the pass at me as they walked by…no biggie…they knew the routine. But I did get a great opportunity to see where all the classes were, so by the time 4th hour rolled around, I knew exactly where I was going in that HUGE 2-story bldg!

Fourth hour I taught an English class. The teacher, having been told I was an English major, just left some notes for me and took off. I really liked that…which is weird because I always say I’m not a “teacher” type, and yet there I was walking around explaining antonyms and talking w/ the kids and actually having fun. Guess being an “English-nerd” out weighs the “not a teacher” bit. There were of course a handful of kids who just didn’t feel like being cooperative, but I just kinda went “eh, they’re 17…their future, their choice, their consequences” and told them to just sit quietly and read or something and take the assignment home. Even the kids who did decide to give me a hard time (which was nothing compared to the JHS) did it w/ such wit and flare, I was hardly able to be upset. I just threw out one of my own witty retorts and that almost seemed to impress them and they lightened up. Because a 17 yr old GETS sarcasm and its proper use! A 13 yr old is just plain rude and mean.

Fifth hour I taught a childcare/parenting class, an elective course. Man! Talk about uncomfortable! The chapter was about teen pregnancy and making choices and whether or not to keep the baby, put it up for adoption, or “discard the pregnancy by medical means.” We’re obviously not allowed to throw out our own opinions and certainly not our religous convictions, so I just silently prayed that last option wouldn’t stay in their memories. I got to walk around then, too, and help kids w/ their assignment. They had to come up w/ a decision that needed to be made (Should I go to college? Should I get a job? Should I quit the swim team?) and then write down the pros and cons of each decision. I enjoyed that part.

The last hour before I left, I actually filled in for the secretary! Too funny. ”Ring, ring… Good afternoon, Roseville High School…”

All in all, I like the HS waaay more than the JHS.

Then yesterday I got called in for a 1/2 day assignment to EJHS again. This time, though, I was much better prepared. I wasn’t nervous anymore, and I’ve gotten much better in my use of threats and intimidation. LOL! Sixth hour was HORRIBLE! I actually told them at the end that I was making a “good” list of the kids who actually did their work quietly and that the list was extremely short…”good luck on Monday.”

When 7th hour came in, I walked over to the door, stood in the door frame and yelled an “over here, guys” in the strongest voice I could come up with, and said this:

It’s 85 degrees today. (pause) It’s incredibly hot in here. The windows are open and this open door is allowing at least some breeze to pass through.

Now…6th hour decided to act up and get so loud that I had to close this door…(pause for effect). You think it’s hot now? You have no idea how bad it got after 10 minutes. SO…can I trust you to keep it quiet and get your work done, or do we want to see how many people can pass out from heat-exaustion?

I had almost no problems after that. ROFL!!  

It’s not a bad job, all-in-all. I get paid $80/day to teach usually 5-6hours. Albeit, the kids can make you want to pull your hair out, but I’m getting better at dealing with it. And as far as my kids getting up on time…Jason’s been doing a great job of making them eat, dress, brush teeth and wait for Amber. 

I had prayed that God would only allow me to work if it would be ok on the family…in other words, please don’t let me have my way if it’s not YOUR WAY. And He’s been faithful. What an awesome God!

1 Comment »

  1. deb:

    You rock!! I LOVE the whole “close the door, die of heat exhaustion thing”. That’s priceless! ROFL

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